The federal government is contributing almost $3 million over three years to two Winnipeg dance schools.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School will get $725,000 a year for three years and the School of Contemporary Dancers will get $260,000 a year over the same time, the government said Friday.

The money will "give the artists of tomorrow the tools they need to succeed in Canada and abroad," Heritage Minister James Moore said in a news release.

The two schools "are integral parts of our community," said Vic Toews, public safety minister and the minister responsible for Manitoba.

The money was provided through the Canada Arts Training Fund. The fund's annual budget rose to $24.1 million in 2009 from $17.1 million as part of the Economic Action Plan, the government's increased spending program to fight the recession.